UK Courses & Exams

Looking to find a UK online amateur radio training course, or to book an exam? We have a list of online and in-person places to train for your amateur radio licence and to take your exam.

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Courses and Exams (7)

Foundation Online Course PhotoObviously we’re a little biased here! We run the Essex Ham Foundation Online course, which has now had over 11,000 candidates take part. Our free course usually runs every 2 weeks, and we have a pass rate of close to 99%. There are no live sessions and no webcam needed – study at your own pace.

Foundation material is delivered in an online classroom and uses fully-narrated videos, quizzes, mock tests, handouts and slides, as well as optional social webinars. You can chat online with a tutor and other students on the course, and we have Facebook and Discord support groups. There’s also a fast track for those in a rush. Our next course start dates are:

Interested in getting started? Apply here for our free Foundation course

If you’d prefer a different way of studying for Foundation, there are alternatives, including these courses:

Other Resources:

We also recommend the RSGB Foundation Manual to support your remote studying – Paper version or Kindle Version

 

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Foundation ManualLinks to help you find a local training group and a venue to sit your Foundation exam locally:

We also recommend the RSGB Foundation Manual to support your studying – Paper version or Kindle Version

 

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Intermediate Licence ManualIf you’re looking to study for your Intermediate licence, here are three well-established online courses that we’re happy to recommend:

Other Resources:

We also recommend the RSGB intermediate Manual to support your remote studying – This is available as a Paper version or Kindle version

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Intermediate Licence ManualHere’s how to find an in-person Intermediate course, or to find a venue to take your Intermediate exam:

If you don’t have any luck – try an online course.

We also recommend the RSGB intermediate Manual to support your remote studying – This is available as a Paper version or Kindle version

 

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RSGB Full ManualIf you’re looking to study for your Full UK amateur radio licence, there are two well-established online courses that we’re happy to recommend:

  • Bath Distance Learning – Respected course with several tutors offering support and tuition. Course runs over several months, typically annually August to December
  • Online Amateur Radio Community (OARC) – An 8-week interactive online course with live Zoom lessons – usually running twice a year

Also worth considering:

  • Cornish Radio Amateurs YouTube – Videos covering Full course material

  • Strangford High Frequency Enthusiasts Group – Course delivered over 14 weeks, twice a year. Course uses Zoom, email, and phone. Contact gi0vkp@gmail.com for details (no website)

We also recommend the RSGB Full Manual to support your remote studying.

 

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RSGB Full ManualIf you’re looking to study for your Full UK amateur radio licence in person, or take your Full exam at an exam centre, here are some handy links:

  • Amateur Radio Full Courses & Exams – A list of the clubs who’ve told us they’re running training
  • RSGB Club Finder – RSGB’s list of all of the UK clubs – most don’t offer training, but your local club may be able to point you in the right direction
  • HamHub UK Regional – Take a look at the HamHub Forum for your area, and ask for locals to help
  • RSGB Regional Teams – Contact your local RSGB rep to see if they can help

If you don’t have any luck – try an online course.

We also recommend the RSGB Full Manual to support your remote studying.

 

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You don’t have to go to a physical location to book your exam – you can take your exam online at home. All you need is a compatible Windows or Mac OS computer, a webcam and a soundcard. Here are the two links you need:

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